Pleece & Co has found a home in Mocatta House – part of Spaces Brighton. We now share a building with a number of creative and diverse companies, and we thought it was time to get to know them a little better.
Headspaces is a collaboration blog series between Pleece & Co and Spaces in which we talk to our neighbours about their businesses, work advice and what puts them in a good headspace.
This months conversation is with Curate Labs, an independent, sustainable creative design studio based here in Brighton and in London.
QUESTIONS WITH ABB-D CHOUDHURY – CO-FOUNDER
SPACES GROUND FLOOR
TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY
Predominantly we are a design studio with a focus on ethical and sustainable design. Through our work we look to advocate empathy, purpose and practicality. We offer end-to-end solutions often incorporating branding, creative content, design strategy and web design. We deliver both digital and physical products and functionality dependant on project objectives.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM
Abb-d Choudhury and Sara Scobie are design partners and founders of CL. As a duo we both oversee the day to day running of the business and all stages throughout each project. Over the years we have grown a talented remote team of incredible and innovative freelancers, contractors and contributors whom we work with on a project-by-project basis.
We spent a good few months looking for a space to grow from and use as a base of operation. Of all we tried, SPACES seemed to be the most accommodating. Being close to Brighton station is also useful due to London connections. We’re also suckers for simple Scandinavian interior design, good coffee helps too!
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU ENCOUNTER AS A COMPANY?
At the moment, time and resource is a real challenge. Being only two of us means internal resource can become stretched. For client work this isn’t a problem, but making time for our publications and the travel guides is the tricky part.
Our personal projects create an opportunity to always be on the hunt for trends, culture hacks and interesting destinations around the globe. These insights and lessons are invaluable for our design services, we challenge our clients to consider their process’s and approach to work, as we should all be working towards our A game and sometimes that means assessing practice, communication and process.
WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?
As a company, we are constantly experimenting and pushing the creative threshold to provide something beyond the norm, we look to position our clients as industry leaders. What makes us special is our values and ethics towards work that matters (at least to us). We’re selective with the projects we take on and the clients we partner with. We look to work with companies that strive for authenticity, push to create an ethical culture and wish to refine a sustainable business model.
BEST PIECE OF WORK ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Abb-d: Surround yourself with people better then you and always do your own thing.
Sara: Concentrate on what you believe in, trends pass, your approach is what sets you apart and makes you interesting.
WHAT PUTS YOU IN A GOOD HEADSPACE?
Abb-d: Travel, sunshine, the positive parts of human nature and publishing great content.
Sara: Soulful conversations, 8 hours of sleep, regular yoga practice and plenty of herbal teas.